Albums are to artists what children are to parents: You never want your favorite kids to move out, but you can't wait to send the other ones off to college. (Rocks Off should know; we were one of those favorites.) Here, we salute five artists who were brave enough to distance themselves from their own albums.
5. Brandy, Human (2008)
Despite Human's decent Billboard showing and surprising critical applause, Brandy tried to distance herself from the album. "To hell with that album!" she famously told Out magazine in an interview. Her reasoning was that Human suffered because some of the people on her team weren't in the same creative space. "It would've been hotter music and a hotter look."
4. Mos Def, True Magic (2006)
While Mos Def didn't verbally diss True Magic, his unwillingness to promote it was loud and clear. Nothing says "I'm so proud of this album" like releasing it in a clear casing with no cover art or song credits. Not to mention that a good chunk of True Magic played like mixtape material. Word on the street was that Mos Def dropped this dud solely to fulfill his contractual obligations to Geffen at the time.
3. Foxy Brown, Brooklyn's Don Diva (2008)
While serving a year-long jail stint in 2007, Foxy Brown teamed up with Koch Records to release a recklessly orchestrated album titled Brooklyn's Don Diva. When Brown heard the finished product she wanted nothing to do with her own album. She swiftly apologized for the mess: "Unfortunately, during my incarceration, this CD was compiled without my approval. I heard this CD in its entirety, for the first time, just days ago and was devastated."
2. Eminem, Encore (2004); Relapse (2009)
Eminem is painfully honest when talking about his life and career choices. Maybe too much so. In the lead-up to Em's latest disc, Recovery, he seized the promo runs as an opportunity to diss his past records. You heard Relapse and immediately had the urge to toss it in the bin? So did Eminem.
Just listen to "Not Afraid": "Let's be honest, that last Relapse CD was 'ehhhh'/ Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground." If you listened close enough, you could hear Interscope honchos squirming in their leather seats. As if that wasn't enough, Em also told VIBE magazine that he now sees why Dr. Dre laughed at him when he was recording Encore, arguably his worst album to date.
1. KRS-One, Kristyles (2003)
When you've been around for as long as KRS-One - dude has albums that are older than Soulja Boy - you get to call your own shots. So, imagine the Teacha's chagrin when he found out that Koch Records was planning a premature release of Kristyles in 2003.
"They don't have the full album," KRS explained to MTV. "They have stuff that I wasn't even putting on the album. I have no idea what's on the album. I don't know what the artwork looks like, I don't know what the album credits look like, I don't know nothing. What they did was go behind my back and release the album."
Kris eventually obtained an injunction to halt the release of Kristyles, but it was too little too late: Koch had already shipped out copies of the half-ass album.